The Equalizer' Surpasses the $40M Mark on Tuesday; 'The Maze Runner' Runs Past the $60M MarkOctober 01, 2014 12:50 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's The Equalizer grossed $3.63 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The action thriller starring Denzel Washington was up a very solid 22 percent over Monday's performance. The Equalizer surpassed the $40 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $40.74 million in five days. That is in line with the film's lofty pre-release expectations and places the film nearly on par with the $40.93 million five-day start of 2010's The Book of Eli.

The Maze Runner held steady in second with $1.25 million. The young adult adaptation from Fox was up 29 percent from Monday and down a respectable 48 percent from last Tuesday. The Maze Runner surpassed the $60 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $60.18 million through twelve days of release. The Maze Runner is already on the verge of reaching the $61.74 million final domestic gross of last year's Ender's Game.

The Boxtrolls took in $0.86 million to remain in third place. The latest 3D stop motion animated film from Focus and Laika increased 18 percent over Monday's performance. The Boxtrolls has grossed a stronger than expected $18.87 million in its first five days. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $17.29 million five-day start of 2012's ParaNorman and 1 percent ahead of the $18.71 million five-day take of 2009's Coraline.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You grossed $0.81 million to continue to claim fourth. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey was up a strong 41 percent over Monday and down just 33 percent from last Tuesday. This Is Where I Leave You has grossed $23.82 million in twelve days. While that is a bit below expectations, the film continues to display very solid holding power thus far.

Universal's A Walk Among the Tombstones rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.54 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson was up 38 percent from Monday, but still down a sharp 57 percent from last Tuesday. A Walk Among the Tombstones has grossed an underwhelming $21.76 million in twelve days and continues to display early signs of being significantly front-loaded.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Dec. 9 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 9 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Happy Feet$6,009,91895%3,650-154$1,647$134,127,4114Warner Bros.
3The Holiday$5,244,77318%2,610--$2,009$9,685,9531Sony / Columbia
4Casino Royale (2006)$4,093,82255%3,161-225$1,295$126,823,9764Sony / Columbia
5Deja Vu (2006)$2,762,16250%2,742-366$1,007$51,584,3183Disney
6Unaccompanied Minors$2,751,50777%2,775--$992$4,308,6241Warner Bros.
7The Nativity Story$2,191,12250%3,0830$711$13,848,8212New Line
8Deck the Halls$1,896,39882%2,766-439$686$29,087,0173Fox
9The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$1,526,565102%2,226-391$686$76,209,4076Disney
10Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan$1,154,98745%1,594-643$725$119,643,3956Fox